Sunday, 13 March 2016


I'm running the Bungay Black Dog Half Marathon again, to remember Silas and raise funds for The Brain tumour Charity. This year, I have the support of my friend Claire Gay, who has been battling ovarian cancer with extraordinary courage for the past year. Rather than wanting to raise money for any ovarian cancer charities, however, she was so moved by Silas's story that she wanted to help me raise money for his fund, which goes towards crucial research into paediatric brain cancer.

Have a read about it here: JUSTGIVING

Silas was and continues to be, a massive inspiration in so many people's lives - not just his close friends and family, but those, like Claire, who may not have known him but who recognised that spirit of joy, cheekiness and vibrancy in his beautiful face. He was a little boy who, quite simply, blazed with life for his all-too-brief eleven years. 

Claire too, has been nothing but inspirational to her friends. The courage with which she has faced this bleak and horrible illness has been quite simply heroic. Her love, warmth and wicked sense of humour has shone through even in the bleakest moments. Life just isn't bloody fair.

I guess all we can do is keep going - until we get to the next rather more hopeful bit.

We all keep running when there's nothing else to be done.

So I'm running for Silas and I'm running for Claire - amazing and beautiful human beings, both.

Wish me luck - and more importantly, sponsor me whatever you can spare!


BACKGROUND information...

My first picture book - called A Possum's Tail - is a collaboration with brilliant illustrator Alex Barrow and came out 6th February 2014. A second book called London Calls! is a whistle-stop tour of London, led by a Pearly grandma and her granddaughter. London Calls! came out on 4th September 2014 and is my second book with Alex Barrow. A Possum's Tail was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
Both books are by Tate Publishing.

Please see my CURRICULUM VITAE for more details & updates.

As well as writing children's books, for children's television and two award-winning children's magazines, I do both private and commercial art commissions, a selection of which you can see here.

The children's shoes are part of an ongoing series of "first shoes", including several cards commissioned by the Almanac Gallery.

Hand-drawn, bespoke invitations, announcements, portraits and menus, such as the examples here are also available upon request..

Any enquiries please email:


I've been a regular contributor to children's art and science magazine OKIDO since 2007. HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY (WOW) beautiful Okido!

An Okido animated kids tv show, based on characters from the magazine is currently in production with Doodle/Squintopera The original adaptation of the show (co-created/adapted by myself, producer Ceri Barnes and Doodle Productions) was acquired by CBeebies. 52 x 11 minute episodes will be coming to a screen near you soon in 2015.......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............................
N E W S F L A S H! MESSY GOES TO OKIDO Series TWO is now in production, following a super-successful 52 episode first series!



Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet

Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet
Okido Cartoon Forum 2011

Happy Birthday OKIDO!

Happy Birthday OKIDO!
Okido was 5 years old this issue...the wonderful art and science magazine for kids I've been lucky enough to have worked on for the past - 8 - years now